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Realized at: 08th, December 2016
 
 

1. How was the energy that inspired you to become formative in Earthgrave different from other energies you had felt?

For me Earthgrave has been different in that it was "all mine" from the get go. I always loved melodic death metal, but none of the bands I had been playing in really wanted to go in that direction despite my efforts. I wrote some melodic songs for Hatefury, but in the end we most of them "too melodic" for a death/thrash act. Two of these songs have been given a new life in Earthgrave. Earthgrave is also different in that I write almost everything alone at home, and record them at the same time. This makes it easier to get a decent idea of what could be improved in each track, and which things don't work at all.

2. Some of you are also sharing your musical duties as members of Destractive, Hatefuyr and White Mist. How so you attain to split your time properly?

All the mentioned bands are not very active at the moment, with the exception of Hatefury. Earthgrave shares almost all members with Hatefury so we just try to combine everything we can. My duties at home and my day job are a far bigger constraint than the other bands.

3. To become a musician in Finland where almost everybody plays some musical instrument and has three bands at least – it’s a challenge, or is it something you Finns are predisposed to at birth?

Not sure where you are getting your information from, but playing an instrument is not that common in Finland. A lot of the people who do play soemthing are in metal bands though it seems. The scene for small bands in Finland is not easy. There are tons of good bands and very few venues willing to book gigs for them. When smaller bands do get gigs it is a huge challenge to find an audience.

4. Who would you say are the biggest influences impacting the music of Earthgrave, both as a band and you individually?

My influences are almost purely made up of swedish MDM bands like Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, older In Flames and At The Gates. Some finnish bands too like Kalmah and Wolfheart have given me a lot of inspiration. When I started playing guitar as a teenager Alexi Laiho was my idol, but I don't really care for the stuff he does now.

5. You are in some way influenced and inspired by Nordic Mitology. How important is that for you and how do you transpose this subject into Earthgrave?

I don't think Earthgrave is influenced by any specific mythology. I have written some lyrics with "Viking vibes", but mostly thet stuff is from my own imagination.

6. What’s the band’s ideology? Is it connected with some philosophy or something?

The main thing I try to portray in the music and lyrics is that death and loss is inevitable. We can only choose what we do with our time here and how we face the end of our life. There are no second chances for anyone.

7. Let´s talk about your demo 2016. I think it is by far a very decent recording full of melancholic and melodic songs! Of course I wonder if you are satisfied with it and if you reached the desired goal?

I'm pretty satisfied with the result, the drums being the exception. I would have loved to have real acoustic drums, or at least better midi tracks for the drum plugin. I'm no drummer and it shows. We will have real drums on the upcoming album, so that should be sorted.

8. The keyboards are an important piece in the EP. Can we say you used keyboards to reach some musical ostentation? Are you happy with the result?

I'm happy with the keyboards on the demo. Mostly I just asked Andy to play something that sounds good and he did. We are going with the same way with the album I think.

9. What rules and canons do you follow when writing music? How much is this process free and artistic? Or maybe a more technical and academic approach prevails?

No rules. I would say I surprise even myself when writing.

10. Do you think EARTHGRAVE is a good live band? What do your gigs consist of, and are some cover-songs played in front of the beheaded audience?

We have done Death In Fire by Amon Amarth. It's a great song and the audiences seem to like it too. Judging by audience comments we are a good live band, but we still have some way to go to being great. I hope we can do a lot more shows in 2017 than this year. Our live show is still evolving I guess.

11. What do you love to do in your free time when you are not busy with any of your music projects these days?

I spend time with my family and friends. I also love watching good series (Walking Dead, Game of Thrones etc.) and playing computer games.

12. What do you think about advanced in technology? Where do you see the state of the music industry it will be in 5-10 years?

I think we will see the CD die in the next 10 years. Streaming is the way of the future for sure. I don't think the recent rise of the vinyl record will last forever either. In terms of gear I see digital modeling and mobile connectivity being the norm very soon. I myself recently made the switch to digital modeling from a tube amp setup.

13. Alright guys, we’ve come to an end. Do you have any final thoughts?

Thanks a lot for the interview. Maybe we will have some new stuff for your podcast next year.
 

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